David and Edileuza Hicks are church planting among the unchurched and unreached Tonga people of Mozambique Africa. They live in the city of Inhambane.
From the time he was five-years-old, David has had a developing interest in missions. He served as a student missionary in PNG from 1994 to 1996. He went on to study health and pastoral ministry at Weimar College where he graduated in 1998.
Edileuza (“Edie”) immigrated to the USA from Brazil. As a girl, Edie read a book about Leo and Jessie Halliwell’s mission on the Amazon River. From that time, she dreamed of being a missionary. Later, while a student at Instituto Adventista Paranaense (a Brazilian Academy), she worked three summers as a literature evangelist. Finally, in 2011, while living in Massachusetts, she got her RN license.
After David and Edie heard a presentation from a furloughing AFM missionary in 2012, God worked in their hearts to apply for mission service. They labored among the Ama and May River peoples in Papua New Guinea from 2015 – 2019. They then launched a new project among the Tonga people in March 2019.
The Tonga number about 335,000 people and speak two languages: Gitonga (a tribal language) and Portuguese. The Hickses will be focusing on their local needs, such as women’s literacy, health and youth activities. Through this they hope to build interest in Bible studies, prophecy seminars, Pathfinders, and Adventist Youth (AY).